Accused killer says system ‘broken’

Man accused of murdering April Wyckoff asks for bail reduction in jailhouse interview

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A Union man accused of murdering his Cranford girlfriend in 2013, dismembering her body and disposing of it in Newark marshland, said in a recent jailhouse interview his $5.5 million bail is “unfair.” “I did not kill her, it was a vehicular accident,” said Matthew Ballister, 45, in an exclusive interview with […]

Assemblywoman’s new job raises ethical questions about Democrats on the payroll

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Democrat Assemblywoman Linda Stender, a seasoned official with more than a dozen years in the legislature, almost tripled her taxpayer funded income recently when she was named deputy director of Union County Improvement Authority. Stender, who earns $49,000 a year as an assemblywoman, a part-time job, will be paid $90,000 annually by […]

Union mayor: ‘Our taxpayers are not their piggy bank’

UNION, NJ — Upon hearing that John Kean filed a motion with the court to join forces with the university to defend his right to hand over the right of first refusal to the university, township officials retaliated saying “our taxpayers are not their piggy bank.” Citing the fact the latest “maneuver” by Kean University […]

Comptroller report says county jail has plenty of overtime waste

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A report recently released last week by the Office of the State Comptroller looked into what led to high overtime costs in county jails throughout the state and the Union County jail was one of the facilities that came under the comptroller’s microscope. New Jersey county governments paid county correctional officers more […]

Funding committed for flood study

Sen. Menendez announces $1 million in federal funding for Rahway River Basin study

UNION, NJ — Late last week Democrat U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, along with the mayors of towns along the Rahway River, announced the federal government has committed $1 million towards the completion of a stalled study needed to move flood mitigation efforts along. At the press conference held Feb. 6 at Union council chambers, mayors […]

Mayor says councilman should step down, return salary due to absenteeism

ROSELLE, NJ — Mayor Jamel Holley is demanding that a councilman who continually failed to attend meetings resign and reimburse taxpayers for collecting a salary without showing up for work. Holley said for the three years since 5th Ward Councilman Roy Locke was elected “he has displayed one of the worst records in history.” “We […]

Business owners file lawsuit against Rahway SID expansion

RAHWAY, NJ — Some of the property owners included in the recent expansion of the Special Improvement District will let a judge decide whether the city overstepped their legal bounds when approving the measure. In the meantime, they are seeking an injunction preventing the city from collecting the SID levy until a ruling is handed […]

Battle between Union and Kean heats up

John Kean files motion to be included as defendant; Mayor: he has ‘sold out every resident’

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Less than two weeks after Kean University filed a motion for reconsideration with the court to overturn a ruling saying they had no legal claim to the 50-acre Merck property, John Kean filed a motion with the court to be a part of the university’s fight to reclaim the land. Kean, a […]

Experts discuss pros, cons of new PARCC test

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Late last week two key players came together to discuss the pros and cons of the controversial PARCC testing. In the end, both agreed the state had not communicated the issues effectively to parents but disagreed whether the problems that have surfaced can be resolved. Although David Hespe declined appearing on the […]

Union BOE says district is ready for PARCC test

UNION, NJ — Despite strong resistance locally and statewide over PARCC, the board of education said the testing will go on as scheduled next month. However, parents against the testing do have an out. Although the school board has reserved comment on the growing parental rebellion against the controversial PARCC testing, newly appointed board president […]

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